All Riverside County courthouses are slated to be shut down on Friday October 16th 2020 as part of a one-day-a-month closure to save money amid budgetary shortfalls.
According to the Superior Court Executive Office, all 14 courthouses will be shuttered and employees furloughed starting Friday October 16th 2020 and continuing every third Friday of each month until June 2021.
Any hearings on the docket will be be automatically postponed to a new date.
Exceptions will be made for emergency hearings.
Officials say the closures are necessary to contend with a $12 million deficit that stems from the $54 billion the State of California has lost due to Governor Gavin Newsom shutting down private businesses for 8 months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Superior Court Presiding Judge John Vineyard curtailed hours and completely closed some courthouses to public access in March 2020 as a health safety precaution, but most branches have since resumed normal operations with safety protocols in place.
However, the Moreno Valley Traffic & Small Claims Court, along with the Corona, Hemet and Temecula courthouses, remain shut down.
Other courthouses are generally open to the public between 7:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily.
The rotating monthly closures will occur on the following Fridays:
— Nov. 20;
— Dec. 18;
— Jan. 15;
— Feb. 19;
— March 19;
— April 16;
— May 21; and
— June 18.
The last time the Superior Court implemented closures on a monthly basis was at the height of the Great Recession. At that time, the State of California budget shortfall was about half the current level, and all county courthouses were closed the third Wednesday of each month for 10 months, beginning in September 2009.
More information is available at https://www.riverside.courts.ca.gov/.
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